The High Five Boxing Academy Family has now grown to 11 clubs, from all corners of Ireland.
The High Five Programme for children with additional needs began in four Dublin boxing clubs: Drimnagh, Crumlin, St. Catherine’s and Palmerstown, in October 2021 but has since expanded and clubs from every province now involved.
In a statement the IABA said:
“The IABA continues to extend its heartfelt thanks to the High Five Programme, its Chair, Paddy Dingle, Steering Committee, and participating clubs, boxers and parents, for paving the way for disability-inclusive boxing training for children throughout Ireland and for their contribution to the development of a programme available to all boxing clubs.
“The IABA has developed technical guidelines for clubs wishing to deliver inclusive boxing training for children with disabilities through the High Five Boxing Academy– these include information on buddies, volunteers, and reporting.
“Clubs wishing to move forward in becoming part of the High Five family were asked to confirm their adoption of principles and criteria. IABA has funded, through Sport Ireland funding, the provision of Cara Sport Inclusion Ireland Disability Inclusion Training, and the following clubs have now been DIT certified and join the High Five Boxing Academy in the First Wave:
|Duke’s Boxing Club||Tyrone|
|Gateway Boxing Club||Sligo|
|Greenhills Boxing Club||Dublin|
|Ledley Hall Boxing Club||Antrim|
|Oughterard Boxing Club||Galway|
|Tralee Boxing Club||Kerry|
|Templemore Boxing Club||Tipperary|
“The IABA will open the Second Wave of registration, education, and upskilling for clubs considering joining the High Five Boxing Academy in the coming weeks.”